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Mapleleaf Residence: Week Eight

Mapleleaf Residence: Week Eight

We are entering the home stretch of this renovation. Everything we do now will be visible when the house is complete. That type of work is more satisfying IMO.

Week Eight had us working a lot with cedar. Does anyone NOT like the smell of cedar? If so, this is probably not the house for you. Also, what's wrong with you?

On the exterior, we first put a clear coat on the cedar to protect it from the elements:

 Lower left: pile of trash, or scale model of a Gehry building?

Lower left: pile of trash, or scale model of a Gehry building?

And then we hung it in the corner where we removed the Mansard roof:

We still need to turn the corner and we're missing some boards on the front, but you get the idea.

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In the front entry, the walls are now sheathed with raw cedar. This is a much better first impression (aromatically and otherwise) than when we bought the place. Our realtor wouldn't even enter the house the stench was so bad (think dead skunk mixed with raccoon feces).

 

In the kitchen, the upper cabinets are sandwiched between two cedar planks, which become open shelves in the corner:

 

The middle wall cabinet has a range hood hidden inside:

 

Which allowed me to show off my jigsaw skills:

I was pretty proud of that perfect circle.

I promised light fixtures in my last post. Here are some of the more decorative fixtures:

 Pendant above the LSL vanity in the lower level bath.

Pendant above the LSL vanity in the lower level bath.

 The surface mounted fixture that's going in the three bedrooms.

The surface mounted fixture that's going in the three bedrooms.

 Pendant at the front entry. There's more of that raw cedar.

Pendant at the front entry. There's more of that raw cedar.

And the pièce de résistance:

A 30" diameter sphere of white feathers with an orange bulb inside. We got a great deal on this VITA fixture at a local showroom. It hangs in the double-height space by the stairs.

 

We've also been working on the cabinets:

 In the lower right, you can see the black doors that all of the base cabinets will have (except the island),

In the lower right, you can see the black doors that all of the base cabinets will have (except the island),

 

Random images of the week:

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We "heart" Ben for helping us out.

Painting is fun because it leaves one hand open for beer.

Brad had fun for the first ten minutes of this. The other two hours, not so much.

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